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gets down to business over president's gun control initiative. this morning's benghazi hearings, hillary clinton is grounded by her doctors did. the fiscal cliff vote. >>> and buzz lightyear likes space suits. >>> starting with a full-blown winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas. eight states have already issued blizzard warnings, almost ens e ensuring a white christmas for many parts of the country as the storm continues moving east. if that's not enough, more storms are forecast for next week. we'll have bill karins full forecast coming up. >>> as time runs out for lawmakers hammering out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, house republicans are sweetening a backup plan to gain more gop support. the president is vowing a veto even as hangups and negotiations threaten to keep him in town or delay his hawaiian vacation yet again this year. the irs estimates as many as 100 million tax returns could be delayed if no deal is struck by january 1st. >>> nbc's tracie potts joins us now from washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happening in
the incredible pictures. it's all "happening now." jon: a scathing new report on the benghazi terror attacks that left four americans including our ambassador dead. good morning, i'm jon scott. jenna: good morning, everybody, i'm jenna lee. an independent panel authored this report that slammed the state deet and blaming management and leadership there for quote, systemic failures and gross security lapses. however the panel recommends at this time no disciplinary action. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is live on capitol hill with more on this. catherine, in the last hour we have some brand new reaction to this report. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: that's right, jenna. first of all the report concludes there was no protest prior to the attack. that al qaeda is not dead. it has metastasized. that its followers have a new home in eastern libya. and that the benghazi on 9/11 was a significant defeat for the united states. it killed 4:00 americans including our ambassador. it also shuttered our diplomatic security presence in eastern lib. >> as well as a siza
leaders demanding answers why the consulate in benghazi was so vulnerable on september 11th. that is when terrorists attacked the compound and filled four americans including ambassador chris stevens. catherine herridge with the very latest from the capitol hill. what is the headlines this morning, catherine? >> reporter: thank you, jon and good morning. two themes really many donated at this morning's hearing. first of all we had 18 independent reviews before called accountability review boards. senators questioned whether any of them have been fully implement and and whether this one about benghazi would be any different. second of all the witnesses were pressed on a number of very specific warnings that went from libya up to the state department here in washington that this consulate could notwithstand a coordinated attack from terrorists. fox news was first to report on a emergency meeting in benghazi in august which people on the ground essentially predicted the way would die a month later. one senator said this morning that despite these warnings no action was taken. >> you were awa
again with less than two weeks to go. >> and getting to the bottom of the benghazi fiasco. hearings set to start in a matter of hours from now. good morning you to. sorry about the singing this morning. welcome to "early start." >> it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. she's been singing all morning. we're going to begin with this storm. the cause behind all the singing. it is a big one. it is pounding the nation's midsection and threatening to derail holiday travel plans for millions of americans. what bad timing. a blizzard warning in effect for half a dozen states. colorado has already been clobbered at 156 mile stretch of interstate 70 had to be shut down in both directions yesterday. look at that. the storm is also hitting iowa hard overnight packing wind gusts over 50 miles an hour. the wind part of the real problem here. some places could see a foot of snow or more. emergency management officials as far north as wisconsin offering this advice to early christmas travelers. >> i think the first thing you should think about is changing your plans for thursday. >> you know, a lot of people get
of the year. hearings are being held today on the deadly of the attack on benghazi, libya. arguing whether more money would help keep american diplomats safe. >> if the state department intends to blame it is long string of failures on inadequate funding, then perhaps it should take a closer look at the money that is being lavished on global climate change, culinary diplomacy programs and other favored projects. in money could have been used for providing diplomatic security, including hiring additional personnel and providing them with adequate equipment and training. >> we're joined now by elise labott who covered all of these hearings. so what did you come away with? >> a couple of things, wolf. it's widely politicized. you heard elana. she doesn't even accept the report. she says the state department can't review itself because of its failures noted by the panel and she's looking for secretary of state clinton to testify in january. i also think that the state department officials, bill burns really contrite, what else can you do, wolf, with such a scathing report other than to say we
on the failures leading up to the attack on benghazi. just a few hours before the hearing starts on the hill. >>> president obama and speaker boehner digging in their heels with a dozen days to go before we go over the fiscal cliff. >>> another day of painful goodbyes in newtown, connecticut. for the fourth straight day funerals of children gone far too soon. >>> among our guests this morning, we'll be talking to senator richard blumenthal, senator johnny isaacson, congressman peter king. it's thursday, december 20th, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, welcome, everybody. the first significant winter storm of the season is our starting point this morning. it threatens to derail some holiday travel plans for maybe millions of americans along with the snow. there's also a threat of tornados in the south. the governor of wisconsin has declared a state of emergency even before the storm hits. six states across the midwest are under blizzard warnings. the system stretches all the way from the great lakes to colorado. the rocky mountain state already taking a big beating. 156
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. this morning, four officials at the state department have been relieved of their duties, including the head of diplomatic security, who resigned after an independent investigation found security in benghazi had been, quote, grossly inadequate. still, many republicans are calling for harsher punishments. and will be questioning state department officials on capitol hill today. >>> and one person has been killed, dozens injured, after a 35-vehicle highway pileup on new york's long island. police say a semi-truck which burst into flames, started that chain-reaction crash, leaving dozens of damaged cars and trucks scattered across the highway. hours later, the fire still burning. but the highway, finally reopened this morning. >>> and funerals will be held today for five more victims of the newtown school shooting. there was a stirring scene last night. the word hope, spelled out with candles, outside the wake of sandy hook elementary principal dawn hochsprung. and there was this. hundreds of firefighters standing at attention at the funeral of 7-yea
. number nine, september 11th in benghazi, libya, am was dor chris stevens and three others killed in the attack on the embassy there. american officials first insisted it was spontaneous, sparked by a protest over an anti-muslim film. the administration's response to the attack became a political hot button. number eight, no freedom here in the hermit kingdom. kim jong un took over for his father. the west hoped there would be change but there wasn't. flexing its military muscle, by place i placing aa satellite in orbit. number seven, brutality by police and private security was out in the open in south africa, where the killing of minors was captured on camera and broadcast everywhere. minors were protesting, demanding higher wages. the price they hado pay shocked the world. >>> number six, ten more years, communist party of china selected new leaders, the secretive process produced a new president, l.a. lakers fan married to a rock star. but china's foreign policies are likely to stay the same. number five, moment morsi, islamist group, became president of egypt. as his predeces
to face some pretty tough questions on capitol hill today about the benghazi attack. secretary of state hillary clinton had been set to testify at that hearing. but she is still recovering from a concussion. a deputy will testify instead. now, four top staffers, meanwhile, they have been relieved of their duties in the aftermath of a report that detailed many management mistakes within the state department. >>> also, former federal judge, yale professor and conservative icon, robert bork, has passed away. he found himself in the center of a bruising battle when ronald reagan nominated him to the supreme court in 1987. he was rejected, pummeled in confirmation hearings, by senator ted kennedy and other democrats. he was 85 years old. >>> "zero dark thirty" is now facing criticism from a pretty powerful group of lawmakers. senator john mccain, dianne feinstein and carl levin are calling the film misleading and grossly inaccurate. in a letter to sony pictures, they were especially bothered by the suggestion that torture produced the tip that led to the military capture of bin laden. >>> am
relations committee mistakes were made that led to the attack in benghazi and said they made changes since the attack. including sending extra marines to diplomat missions. john kerry says congress also bears responsibility. >> congress has the power of the purse. and we asked our state department to operate with lesser resources to conduct essential missions. >> foramens died in the -- four americans died in the attack, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. >>> the late senator -- daniel inouye who died sunday is lying in the capital rotunda. he was a injured veteran of world war ii. he is remembered for his integ red in time -- integrity in times of crisis. daniel inouye also earned raise during the reagan administration. >>> a 19-year-old welder suffered injuries in an industrial accident. it happened about 9:15 a.m. an i beam fell on him. fellow workers pulled the beam off of him. he is in serious condition. >>> shoppers are on alert after a woman was held up in the mall parking lot before 7:30 p.m. last night. police say the woman was approached from behind and a man demanded money
of congress attacked her response to the deadly attacks in benghazi. >>> and by nearly unanimous vote kerry and his fellow senators approved $60.4 billion in emergency funding for states affected by superstorm sandy. the house of representatives takes up the funding measure next week. >>> a former u.s. marine imprisoned in mexico for four months has been reunited with his family. john hammar was released yesterday, partly thanks to work from u.s. senator bill nelson. he was imprisoned on a questionable charge after police
the benghazi attacks on officials under her command and the action that state department takes in order to prevent any future attacks like the one in libya. >> secretary clinton has indicated she will implement all of them. my message to the state department has been very simple. and that is, we're going to solve this. >> reporter: now a new senate report released today also sharply criticizes the state department while widening the blame as well, finding fault with the pentagon and white house. clinton told the committee chair she's committed to working with them once she recovers and will appear before them once she gets the go ahead from her doctors. republicans want to hear from clinton in person before they'll consider confirming her successor. >> i've been told from senator kerry he wants that approach also. he needs to hear what she says so he can make comments about i agree with her, i don't agree with her. it makes sense to have her go first. >> clinton's spokesman has not said where the blood clot is located. doctors not involved in her case say if in her legs it's easily trea
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